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Today’s Quote – Musical Freedom

Kurt Cobain Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.

Punk is musical freedom. It’s saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster’s terms, ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.


My Favourite Bands Lego-ized


This awesome project comes from the brilliant mind of Adly Syairi Ramly – go follow him on Twitter!

He’s created these for many, many bands, but find below a collection of the bands I love most from this project, made via little lego pieces. It’s always inspiring to see people find new creative ways to show their love for music (and nostalgic toys).

I’m hoping he will make versions of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene.

If these were for sale in stores, I’d buy them.

















Loud Music, Hardcore Rebels and Bingo

underground rebel bingo

An underground bingo club that’s secretly sweeping the world

It’s no secret that bingo has made quite the comeback in recent years. For the majority of my life, I associated bingo with bored grannies in smoky bingo halls – it didn’t quite seem like an awesome way to spend an evening with friends. BUT – there is a more interesting form of bingo that has been sweeping the world over the past few years that you may or may not be familiar with.

Ever heard of The Underground Rebel Bingo Club?

It’s been gaining worldwide recognition traveling the world, yet its events are still off the radar enough that some still question if the organization even exists. This international cult of good times does not have your typical sweepstakes and it doesn’t exactly qualify for the WhichBingo Awards, unlike CheekyBingo which took it upon itself to share with everyone on Twitter that they nabbed two nominations. No, this form of bingo is unlike any other you have ever heard of. To put it in the words of James Flames, one of the co-creators, “Rebel Bingo is an internal riot of confusing emotions with a LOUD stage show where we ask you to ‘stab’ out numbers, scream at your friends, and dance to DJs.”

It may seem like the game of bingo itself would get lost within the bass pumping music and the live stage show, but in truth, the addition of the game is what initially made the event take off, as Torontoist once pointed out. It all began as standard parties with the DJs playing anything and everything from ’80s rock to heavy metal – a fairly typical nightclub scene. But when they decided to add bingo to their events, the number of party goers suddenly increased. Rebel Bingo became a hit, and they had to move these nights to bigger and better venues.

While James and co-creator Freddie Fortune initially only organized these secret events in the UK, the word quickly started to spread, and they decided to take the party on tour around the world. In 2011, Rebel Bingo first made its way to Toronto. James and Freddie promised a night of secrets, interactive performance, extremely loud music, dancing and drawing – and I can say, having attended, that they successfully delivered.

That night at Wrongbar was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. Sadly I didn’t walk away with any of their insane/funny prizes, so I am eager for them to return.  I can’t yet give any exact dates on when they might be setting up shop again for another night at a secret downtown location – but if you stay tuned, you just might find out.


Giveaway – Broken Bells After The Disco Vinyl

broken bells after the disco

As promised, giving away a copy of Broken Bell’s (aka The Shin’s James Mercer and Danger Mouse) latest, After The Disco, on vinyl!

All you have to do to enter is subscribe to TTRO – once a week (starting very soon!) you will receive a roundup of all the new posts on the blog, plus special info only for subscribers. Be sure to click the confirmation email you receive in order to be entered into the giveaway.

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You have until Sunday April 13th, 2014 at midnight to enter.

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Phosphorescent – Days of Heaven (Cover)

song of the week!

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of covers lately, but I truly, madly, deeply love this man. Seeing him perform this song at the Shoe last year was one of the most beautiful live music experiences I’ve ever had. I could easily share a whole bunch of his own songs, as he is insanely talented – but this cover just does something else for me.

He transforms Randy Newman’s jarring piano ballad into the sweetest, most comforting song you’d ever need to hear on a bad day.

His voice also might be my favourite musical instrument in play these days.

If you’ve got music in your heart
You have made a real good start
The love of music never will desert you